Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Blueprint Madness

Something about this image makes me want to believe it has been photo-shopped. It is disturbing to think that a window could have been framed-in at such a cock-eyed angle but even worse, that the bricklayer found some way to work around this "feature" leaving a distorted face on this poor building.

Paul tells us that he laid the foundation for us, as an expert builder. It is up to each of us to be careful how we build. Whether we build with gold or straw, costly stones, wood or brick, our work will be shown for what it is. "It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames." (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

We work together to create a structure that will last. Collectively we build a community of faith, contributing in our own fashion. We each have gifts, talents which make us unique but necessary in the life of the church.

It may not be traditional. It may not be what's expected. But it is our obligation to do our part for the greater good. For the glory of God. Even if it looks a little crooked, maybe that's what is needed to get the job done.



Anonymous said...

Nothing happens by chance.

Or, all in God's plan.

I understand what goes into the ethernet is forever (you probably know all about that).

Blogging sure puts a different slant on Paul's foundation. I'll be thinking about this all day, ygw.

Heidi said...

How true.

I love the building analogy and often use it myself for a lot of things in life. Character being built, how it is important to have a somewhat secure foundation, how we go through seasons of tearing down in our lives...and so on.

I can't get over the crookedness of that window and how someone just walked away from that.

Jeanette said...

Funny, When I saw the window... I thought about how when you start builing your life, sometimes the earth shifts under your feet and you work your way around it and keep moving on. I know I have a few crooked windows and some doors that are misaligned... but my foundation is in Christ, so the buidling is pretty strong.

you gotta wonder said...

In the end, if the building is strong, aesthetics are not the most important criteria for success.

That said, I still think we each have to do our best effort. Sometimes that may mean backtracking and "re-doing". I guess that's another matter for discernment.